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Life IS history in the making. Every word we say, everything we do becomes history the moment it is said or done. Life void of memories leaves nothing but emptiness. For those who might consider history boring, think again: It is who we are, what we do and why we are here. We are certainly individuals in our thoughts and deeds but we all germinated from seeds planted long, long ago.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Honoring Memorial Day!

'Happy' routinely appears preceding the words Memorial Day. There is absolutely no way around it. BUT...is that the proper precedent to Memorial Day? We are happy to live in America. We happily enjoy all the freedoms America has to offer. Joyous are we getting prepared for time with family and friends: walking the beach, swimming, picnicking, bar-be-queuing, etc. In the midst of all the food, fun, fellowship associated with Memorial Day, let's not forget who are the true honorees!


The happiness associated with Memorial Day has come at an immense sacrifice. Tomorrow is Memorial Day but first, it is important to understand Memorial Day vs. Veterans' Day.

Many people confuse Memorial Day and Veterans Day. Memorial Day is a day for remembering and honoring military personnel who died in the service of their country, particularly those who died in battle or as a result of wounds sustained in battle. While those who died are also remembered on Veterans Day, Veterans Day is the day set aside to thank and honor ALL those who served honorably in the military – in wartime or peacetime. In fact, Veterans Day is largely intended to thank LIVING veterans for their service, to acknowledge that their contributions to our national security are appreciated, and to underscore the fact that all those who served – not only those who died – have sacrificed and done their duty. A complete history of Veterans Day, and why it is observed on November 11, can be found on the Veterans Day History Web page.
If you proudly fly the American flag at your home, be sure it is flown half mast tomorrow from sunrise 'til midday. If you have a family member or loved one who died as a result of serving our country, place a flag at the grave site. Wherever you go, whatever you do on Memorial Day, proudly carry and/or wave the American flag remembering those that are no longer with us, that is, among the land of the livingtheir spirit will always be with us in our hearts!


While this may be a time for beach blasts, bar-be-que cookouts, hot dogs with all the trimmings, hamburgers and fries, and scrumptious apple pie, it is more importantly a time of remembering. . .

The Fallen Soldiers

 

Like the bald eagle
Forever Watchful were we
Guiding, protecting
The land of the free
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'Twas our place
To be brave, stay strong
Ready and willing
All the day long
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Our eyes were keen
Often focused on pain
The fields were bloody
Amid storms and rain
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Bodies of comrades
Strewn there and about
Never for a moment
Left room for any doubt
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On home or foreign shores
Know ardently that we
Who gave up our lives
'Twas for country and thee

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©2013 Awakenings
Sharla Lee Shults

For each soldier who has fallen, there is someone at home mourning!

http://usamemorialday2014.com/happy-memorial-day-2014-pictures-images-photos-pics.html/
 Memorial Day 2015: The Real Story Behind the Holiday

http://www.memorialday2014.net/

http://www.memorialday-quotes.com/

http://mylove-mylife-myfamily-myworld.blogspot.com/2013/05/there-is-nothing-happy-about-memorial.html

Celebrate by honoring the True Meaning of Memorial Day!